Key Dates | Presentation Types | Themes | Connell Werry Prize | Call for Abstract Submission | Confirming your Submission | Abstract Review Notification | Presenter Terms and Conditions | Further Enquiries

The Call for Abstracts for the FCAP 2017 Conference is now closed.

Abstracts are invited for The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2017 Conference. The theme of the Conference is “Growing Minds: The Early Origins of Mental Health and Disorder”.

If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Program Committee, you must also intend to register for the Conference. Online submission is the only method of receipt of abstracts.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Monday 5 June 2017.


Abstract submissions open Monday 24 April 2017
Abstract submissions close Monday 29 May 2017 – extended to Monday 5 June 2017
Notification to authors Late June 2017
Author acceptance of offer due Early July 2017
Early bird registration deadline Tuesday 1 August 2017
Author registration deadline Tuesday 1 August 2017
FCAP 2017 Bi-national Conference 19 – 22 October 2017

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Authors will be required to indicate their preferred presentation format when submitting an abstract. The available presentation types are:

  1. Oral Presentation
    An oral presentation is typically a 10– 20 minute oral presentation. The presentation will include time for questions.
  2. Symposium Presentation
    A symposium presentation consists of a maximum of six individual presentations submitted by one author on behalf of the group and under one common theme. Please ensure all information relating to each individual symposium presentation is included in the one abstract submitted. The standard time allocated per symposium is 90 minutes.
  3. Combination Poster and / or Oral Presentation
    Authors have the option to be considered for either an oral presentation or a poster presentation or combination of both. The committee may recommend that a poster be accompanied by an oral presentation within the program or a proposed oral presentation would be better as a poster. This decision is at the discretion of the committee.
  4. Poster Presentation
    A poster presentation constitutes a visual display of research projects. Your poster must not extend beyond the boundaries of your display board – one display board will be allocated per poster. The poster display will be an integral part of the program with dedicated times for delegates to interact with poster authors and ask questions. More information regarding the logistics of the poster presentations will be advised upon acceptance.

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The FCAP 2017 Conference Scientific Program Committee are seeking papers that are clinically relevant to psychiatrists, paediatricians and other mental health professionals in the area of infant, child, adolescent and youth mental health. The following themes are broad and inclusive and may provide guidance for submission:

  • Development and public health
  • Developmental neuropsychiatry/disability
  • Growing “good enough” psychiatrists
  • Indigenous mental health
  • Perinatal and infant mental health
  • Trauma and therapy
  • Other

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The Connell Werry Prize is an annual prize awarded to an Advanced Trainee in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the most outstanding paper or poster presented at the annual meeting of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The Prize honours Dr John Werry and Dr Helen Connell, who were pioneers in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in New Zealand and Australia.

Advanced Trainees who meet the criteria and whose abstracts are accepted for presentation at the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Annual Meeting will be automatically considered. The Prize may be given to one person, or if there are no suitable applicants, the Prize will not be awarded in that year.

The prize consists of a certificate together with AU$1,000 to be spent attending a Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Scientific Meeting or an international conference in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.

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Abstract submission is a three step process. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure your submission is uploaded into the portal correctly.


Populating the abstract template

Download the relevant template via the below links, save it to your desktop and populate your abstract in to the template in the required format:

Use the template to present your abstract in the required format. Abstracts not submitted using this template will be returned to the author for correction.

  • Text must be in Arial, 10pt font, single-spaced and left aligned
  • Your abstract text should be no more than 250 words, including references
  • Your abstract should clearly and concisely outline the CONTENT of the presentation and should include key points/issues to be addressed
  • Where applicable, the abstract should include the subheadings; Background, Objectives, Methods, Findings and Conclusions
  • After completing the template, move onto step 2.


Creating an account and logging into the speakers portal

Firstly you must create an account in order to upload an abstract. To begin, please click on the button below.

Click “Create New Account” and enter your contact details. These details are required to create the account.

Once you have created an account within this portal you can proceed with your abstract submission, and you will later be able to use this log-in to view speaker briefing notes and register your attendance at the Conference.

Submitting your abstract

Once you have logged into the abstract submission portal, click on “Abstract Submission” in the top menu bar. You will be required to provide the following details prior to uploading the abstract file:

  • The title of your abstract
  • Presentation type (preference only)
  • Theme
  • Name and organisation of all co-authors
  • A brief biography of the presenting author (max 200 words)
  • Your completed abstract

Please note:

  • All abstracts must be prepared according to the guidelines provided. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned to the author and must be re-submitted immediately in the correct format to be considered for inclusion in the program.
  • All fields on the online abstract submission form must be completed.
  • You will be able to access the speaker portal account to edit draft submissions and submit additional abstracts. To change successfully submitted abstracts please contact the Conference Office.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by the presenting author who should complete all fields.


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You are required to double check your abstract has uploaded correctly during the upload process. If you have any concerns, please contact the Conference Office via T +61 3 9645 6311 or E


Notification of the outcome of your submission will be communicated to the presenting author in late June 2017. Please note the details provided as the author contact should be for the presenting author of your abstract. All correspondence relating to the submission will be directed to this person, and they should in turn distribute to all co-authors as applicable.


The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Conference. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants.

All presenters must register for the Conference by Tuesday 1 August 2017 in order for the presentation to be included in the Conference Program.


Please ensure you have read all the terms and conditions of submitting an abstract which are located In the Speakers Portal before submitting your abstract.

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For any enquiries regarding abstract submission please contact the Conference Office.

FCAP 2017 Conference Office:

Cassandra Pizziol
Program Coordinator

119 Buckhurst Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205 Australia
T +61 3 9645 6311
F +61 3 9645 6322